My name is Victor Haim Mamou, i’m 37 years old (at the moment where i write those lines :)).
I am a civil engineer, I joined a famous R&D institution in France, called “ENS Cachan” to have a teaching experience: I spent the aggregation of Civil Engineering and obtained a Master of Science in energy sciences. Passionate about sciences, I decided to direct myself towards research and undertook a PhD in physics. During the PhD, I taught for three years at university and worked in parallel in a research laboratory of CNRS, the french R&D public network.
In my experience as a lecturer, I realized that I didn’t know much about the world of work. But at the same time, I prepared my students for this world, and the fact to see it as a black box was not logical to me. I decided to build my own experience in business and for this, I decided to join a MBA program in Paris,”only for scientists”, the Collège des Ingénieurs.
Having no deep knowledge and practice of a specific sector after one year of MBA, I headed to strategy consulting for the variety of its client’s sectors. And also because I felt a bit lost for targeting a specific sector.
Let me share with you one anecdote that decided me to go for a MBA…One day in 2004, I met an old friend from high school, we exchanged a few and he told me he would enter the Boston Consulting Group in few weeks. I saw him break down when I asked him what it was 🙂
He did not want offend me but I felt that we weren’t all on the same wavelength. Back home I rushed to google to see what kind of business it was, I browsed their site and I moved on, telling me that all this was very obscure …
In thinking about my future that I saw less and less as a civil servant, I looked at a lot of books, discussed about orientation with my friends, my contacts, on existing internet forums, etc. All this to achieve the MBA I mentioned earlier because I did not feel ready for a live dip in this new world. In addition, working as a specialist leveraging my PhD, was not an attractive career path for me. So I did the MBA as an airlock for acclimatization and adaptation to what would be my new career. The problem for an MBA student, is that it opens many doors but does not specifically give the key to choose between these options. In this case, generalist consulting firms are very attractive as they can touch many contexts, issues, areas over a short period.
So I set a goal to enter into a consulting firm after my MBA. I bought books – all written by US consultants – I discussed, took back my MBA courses and I found myself far from being reassured: however, the more I read of new consulting cases, the more I felt like I was drowning in a multitude of different contexts and questions and I could not find a guideline for the whole exercise. In addition, I found that the conventional methods of business schools were to be avoided in this context. It didn’t suit me. I came to the conclusion that I had to organize my own approach of case studies. I began to formalize a method that I tested on the cases of classical U.S. books I mentioned earlier, like the “Case in Point”.
My goal was primarily to reassure me and make sure I could solve all these cases with my approach, enriching it thanks to new cases but keeping a clear breadcrumb that would avoid me to dry miserably at each new issue.
Well, it was a successfull method! So I went through 50+ interviews in the largest consulting firms and got offers including from McKinsey and BCG. Of these 50 interviews, I missed only one. And it was not due to my case cracking approach by the way, I will explain precisely the reason in articles and training in this site.
I kept track of that time of my life, telling me that it might be used one day to help thousands of candidates who, each year, fail their consulting interviews worldwide.
At the end of the BCG, I took the time to formalize my approach and enrich it’s vision of insider after working and remained in contact with the top tier firms or MBB.
The purpose of this site is to share success with all those who wish to live this adventure, become a strategy consultant. More and more interviews in management are based on this special type of recruitment: the consulting case. Of course, not all companies formalize their cases studies like in strategy consulting firms but that’s a fact, a case study is no more limited to consulting interviews. My primary objective in htis site is to help you reach what I call the “competitive level” which will guarantee you several offers from consulting firms.
Whatever the firm you target, I will stick to standards of the top tier firms: McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Bain. Who can do more can do less, so by following my guidelines, you will not only be competitive for the top tier but you will litterally skate over interviews in other consulting firms!
To your success,
Victor Haim Mamou